Welcome to the first FireSmart Canada newsletter! Going forward you can expect to see a quarterly newsletter released with up to date information and exciting FireSmart stories from across Canada. We are eager to hear from our members and partners, so please contact us with story ideas or information that you’d like to see profiled! Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
FireSmart Canada Annual General Meeting
The 2017 Partners in Protection – FireSmart Canada Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in Quebec City at the Palace Royal Hotel on October 18th, 2017 at 1:00 pm Eastern
Dinner will be served following the AGM.
All Partners in Protection Association members in good standing are invited and encouraged to attend. Renew your Partner in Protection Association membership, HERE
RSVP today! This will help us to confirm the meal and venue requirements.
We encourage you to dial into the meeting if you are not able to attend in person.
Conference line details are noted below:
Dial in number: 1-866-792-1317
Conference ID: 4244440#
We look forward to your attendance!
FireSmart Canada Survey
FireSmart Canada and Dr. Hayley Hesseln, an Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan are collaborating to assess Canadians’ awareness of FireSmart and its activities. The online survey should take about 15 minutes, and asks questions about FireSmart, your knowledge of wildfire risk and wildfire mitigation strategies. Results of the survey will help us develop better methods and tools to help protect private property and communities.
Complete the survey here: https://player.myzef.com/canada/ajax/?q=56-Gnoam4FX
Update to the FireSmart Home Ignition Zone
Research has identified the need to review and update the Home Ignition Zone. With these findings FireSmart Canada has established and added Priorty Zone 1A (0 to 1.5 metres) to the Home Ignition Zone.
Zone 1A is the noncombustible zone where homeowner’s can reduce the chance of wind-blown embers igniting materials near their homes. A noncombustible surface should extend around the entire home and any attachments, such as decks. Use noncombustible materials such as gravel, brick, or concrete in this critical area adjacent to homes. Woody shrubs, trees or tree branches present in this zone should be properly mitigated.
Download the new FireSmart Priority Zone Poster, HERE
FireSmart Home Partners Program
The FireSmart Home Partners Program is a voluntary property assessment program that helps residents to identify specific actions they can take on their property to reduce wildfire risks. The program includes an assessment app that firefighters use to conduct the assessment. FireSmart Canada has developed a comprehensive training program to support the FireSmart Home Partners Program and we look forward to continued growth and expansion!
FireSmart Canada has teamed up with communities in Alberta and British Columbia to pilot the program. In this picture we have Fire Chief Brian Wynn and Deputy Chief Wayne Andrusiak with the Whitecourt Fire Department in Alberta conducting an assessment with a local homeowner.
To support the launch of this program, FireSmart Canada has developed a brochure, which is available for download, HERE
New FireSmart Canada resources available
FireSmart Canada recently released several new resources, including the FireSmart Home Development Guide which was developed in partnership with the Co-operators Insurance.
Visit the FireSmart Canada Resources Library to see the latest resources available. We are currently working to update the FireSmart Homeowners Manual and hope to release the updated publication this fall.
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2017 Success!
Community groups across the country are taking action to reduce wildfire risks, as they took part in the third annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (WCPD) in Canada.
Partners in Protection Association/FireSmart Canada, in collaboration with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and The Co-operators provided funding for 20 projects as part of WCPD. Provincial governments in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Alberta provided funding for an additional 10 projects.
Activities include clearing leaves and other combustible debris from around property, working with neighbours to get a chipper service to remove slash, and distributing wildfire safety information.
FireSmart Canada will begin planning the 2018 program soon and look forward to sharing the details of this important program!
Aspen Heights subdivision, Whitecourt, Alberta
Wadin Bay, Saskatchewan
Elliot Lake, Ontario
Marten Beach, Slave Lake, Alberta
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FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program Update
Over the next few months, FireSmart Canada will be working to update and enhance the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program. These updates will improve program efficiency, reflect advancements in WUI research and give the materials a fresh new look. Stay up to date on the latest FireSmart Community Recognition Program news, HERE
Thank you to the Co-operators Insurance for supporting the FireSmart Canada Quarterly Newsletter.